America’s Test Kitchen

Nancy Baggett

Rose Levy Beranbaum

Mark Bittman

Julia Child

Shirley O. Corriher

Dorie Greenspan

King Arthur Flour

Christina Lane

Lori Longbotham

Elinor Klivans and Susie Cushner

Alice Medrich

James Peterson

Amy Traverso

Some excellent vegetarian cookbooks are The Occasional Vegetarian by Karen Lee, The New Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas, and The Gradual Vegetarian by Lisa Tracey.

I like The Settlement House Cookbook by Charles Pierce, it covers American cooking and has lots of basic, but good, recipes as does The James Beard Cookbook and The Joy of Cooking Irma S.Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker by (1997) has been a good reference.